KIKS & KIOL Radio News 7/20/2017

A Texas man was injured yesterday afternoon in an accident at about 5:30 on US75 a mile west of Neodosha. According to the highway patrol, 35 year old Richard Smith was northbound on U75 with an oversized load and attempted to go under an overpass. The load was too tall and struck the overpass. He was taken to Wilson Medical Center. (7/20)
Iola City Council members will likely have to consider future rate hikes for electric and water services. The Iola Register reports that City Administrator Sid Fleming gave an in-depth look at Iola’s 2018 spending plans at this week’s meeting. Iola’s gas and wastewater funds are in healthy shape but the water fund continues to struggle. (7/20)
Chanute has received a $100,000 grant for health initiatives, and that amount could grow over the next three years. The Chanute Tribune reports that Chanute is one of eight applicants funded through the Pathways to a Healthy Kansas program. The coalition can now apply for additional grants of $200,000 a year over the next two years. (7/20)
Allen County commissioners learned Tuesday morning that the resurfacing of Ninth and Bridge streets in Humboldt will begin on Aug. 7th. According to the Register, the project will take about a week and a half. The surfaces will be milled before a new layer of asphalt is applied and center lines will be marked. (7/20)

KIKS & KIOL Radio News 7/19/2017

Chanute city commissioners reviewed funding requests from outside agencies Monday evening during a budget workshop. The Chanute Tribune reports that the groups submitting requests included the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum, Chanute Regional Development Authority, Fourth of July fireworks display and Chanute Art Gallery. The total was about a quarter of a million dollars. (7/19)
A Parsons family is still seeking answers about how a family member was misidentified and buried under the wrong identity in California. According to KOAM-TV, 54-year-old John Dickens was found dead in May and identified as Frank Kerrigan, Jr., a homeless man. That mistake wasn’t realized until the homeless man phoned his dad after the funeral to say he was alive. The Orange County Coroner’s Office then called the family in Kansas to inform them of the mixup. (7/19)
Due to high interest, the Allen County Sheriff’s Department is hosting another Concealed Carry Course on August 26. The cost remains the same, $75. It will take place in Iola and pre-registration is required. If you want to participate you must be 21 and you must bring handgun, at least 25 rounds of ammunition, and hearing and eye protection. Contact Deputy Sheriff Travis Buck for more information or to register: (7/19)

KIKS & KIOL Radio News 7/18/2017

A former Coffey County deputy has pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. KVOE in Emporia reports that Matthew Vander Linden entered the plea at an arraignment hearing Monday in Coffey County District Court. A pretrial conference is now set for Dec. 14 with a jury trial scheduled for Jan. 29th. (7/18)
A Paola woman and a man from Missouri were both killed when their vehicles collided just after 6am Monday on K68 just west of Louisburg. The highway patrol says that 24 year old Tiffany Maimer and 42 year old Samuel Deal both died at the scene and the highway was closed for several hours. Neither person was wearing a safety belt. (7/17)
A traffic advisory for today and tomorrow…the Union Pacific Railroad crossing on K-58 Highway at Leroy will be closed to all traffic starting at 7am today and lasting until 5pm on Wednesday for repairs. K-58 traffic should follow a signed local detour along F Street North, 5th Road and Reaper Road. (7/18)
Two people have been arrested in Greenwood County after large meth bust during a traffic stop. During the stop on US400 on Friday, the deputy observed indicators of possible drug activity and requested assistance from the K-9 unit. Officers udiscovered a loaded handgun and meth making materials. The pair is being held on $250,000 bond, (7/18)

KIKS & KIOL Radio News 7/17/2017

The Neosho County Commission discussed bridges at its weekly meeting Friday.   The Chanute Tribune reports that commissioners voted to request funds from the Kansas Department of Transportation to work on several bridges.  They also discussed the bridge on Elk Road north of Chanute, which is in need of replacement but will be very expensive to replace.  The larger bridges in the county are a “stumbling block” due to the cost of repair or replacement.   (7/17)

KIKS & KIOL Radio News 7/14/2017

The ANW Special Education Co-op board approved a 2017-2018 annual budget totaling just over fourteen and a half million dollars. According to The Chanute Tribune, Director Doug Tressler said that’s about a 1 percent increase from last year. The board also approved the negotiated agreement with the Teachers Association. (7/14)
The number of people using the LaHarpe City Park has increased since the addition of a zipline and other playground equipment. According to The Iola Register, residents are looking to improve other features of the park. Refurbishing a sand volleyball court and upgrading the park’s ball diamond are among the items mentioned. (7/14)
The first-ever Backwards Bomber 5K is set for Saturday night in Iola. It’s a grassroots effort that is an offshoot of the original Charley Melvin Mad Bomber run that was discontinued. The run will kick off at 10 p.m. Saturday in front of the courthouse bandstand. There will be no registration and no fees. (7/14)

KIKS & KIOL Radio News 7/13/2017

At this week’s meeting, Allen County Commissioners heard about a potential problem with debris wedged against the Marsh Arch bridge at the west edge of Humboldt. The Iola Register reports of concerns that it could eventually affect the integrity of the the bridge. It is one of only two means of crossing the Neosho River in Allen County. (7/13)
The Iola Rotary Club food drive is underway. You can drop off your canned or non-perishable items between now and July 27th at a number of locations. In Iola: Dollar General, The Feedlot, Community National Bank, Advantage Computer, Bolling’s Meat Market and Emprise Bank. Humboldt locations include: Emprise Bank, Stacy Cakes, and Community National Bank. In the Moran area, you can drop them off at Stub’s Market, Emprise Bank, Moran Locker, Emprise Bank or the City of Moran office. You’ll also be able to drop them off on Saturday, July 29th during Rotary Day at the Park at the Smokin’ Hot Cars and BBQ event. (7/13)

KIKS & KIOL Radio News 7/12/2017

An Oklahoma man was killed and three people from Caney were injured yesterday in a two vehicle accident on US 166 in Labette County. 82 year old Burl Speer died after he attempted to make a U-turn and was struck by another vehicle. 50 year old Bobbi Maine, 27 year old Janetta Maine and 19 year old Ernest Maine of Caney were hospitalized. (7/12)
The Mobile Food Pantry is coming back to Chanute on Friday July 21st, 9am to 11am at the Chanute Recreation Commission Gym at 400 Sout Highland. There is no criteria for the mobile pantry; it is open to anyone who is need of food assistance. Bring your own box or cooler to put the food in, one visit per household. (7/12)
At this weeks meeting Iola City Council members voted to formally accept a grant to fund much of a pedestrian bridge across Elm Creek along South Washington. According to the Iola Register, the grant is for $197,000 from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Even with the grant the project faces a projected funding gap of about $80,000. (7/12)